Call to Confession
All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Let us confess our sin before God and seek God's mercy.
Prayer of Confession
Forgive us, O God.
We plant our seeds of hope in you,
and we despair when we do not see them grow
and bear fruit.
Seeds of justice seem to dry up
when the calls for fairness drift on the wind.
Seeds of mercy seem to disappear
when those who need it come from different places --
geographically or politically or theologically or socially --
Seeds of peace themselves explode
in boiling soil under the white hot blaze
We do not listen to your explanations,
do not accept your subverted methodology,
do not wait patiently for your seeds of love to grow
to change us,
to transform our way of thinking.
Be gracious with us,
and teach us to show grace to others.
Have mercy on us, we pray,
and teach us to be merciful.
Quiet our minds and spirits
that we may hear your still, small voice in the storm
and bear the fruit of peace ourselves
to a world that longs for hope.
Assurance of God's Grace
God has promised that when we confess our sin, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive us our sin, removing it as far as the east is from the west, and remembering it no more. (1 John 1:9, Psalm 103:12, Hebrews 8:12) In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!
Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us also forgive one another.
The peace of Christ be with you.
Please extend the peace of Christ to all whom you encounter this day.
Julie participated in the 25th Seminar for Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher Training in June, 2019, trained by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. In addition to creating art as a personal spiritual practice, Julie also incorporates the Zentangle(R) method in Prayer Art Retreats in a variety of contexts, including church groups, friend gatherings, and at a local art gallery. Check out the Upcoming Events page for a calendar of events, or use the Contact Us page to inquire about scheduling an event with your group!
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